grindstone

noun
grind·​stone | \ ˈgrīn(d)-ˌstōn How to pronounce grindstone (audio) \

Definition of grindstone

2 : a flat circular stone of natural sandstone that revolves on an axle and is used for grinding, shaping, or smoothing

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Examples of grindstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Immanuel Quickley has been known to put his nose to the grindstone and overcome any challenge that comes his way. Kyle J. Andrews, baltimoresun.com, "Former John Carroll star Immanuel Quickley selected No. 25 overall in NBA draft, headed to Knicks," 18 Nov. 2020 Tara Smith is a nose-to-the-grindstone high school student with strict parents. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "From Kent State to fiery aliens: 4 new must-read graphic novels," 14 Sep. 2020 Tara Smith is a nose-to-the-grindstone high school student with strict parents. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "From Kent State to fiery aliens: 4 new must-read graphic novels," 14 Sep. 2020 Tara Smith is a nose-to-the-grindstone high school student with strict parents. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "From Kent State to fiery aliens: 4 new must-read graphic novels," 14 Sep. 2020 Keep your nose pressed firmly to the grindstone as the next four to five weeks unfold. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 20, 2020: Happy birthday John Krasinski; Cancer, stick to your plan," 20 Oct. 2020 Tara Smith is a nose-to-the-grindstone high school student with strict parents. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "From Kent State to fiery aliens: 4 new must-read graphic novels," 14 Sep. 2020 Tara Smith is a nose-to-the-grindstone high school student with strict parents. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "From Kent State to fiery aliens: 4 new must-read graphic novels," 14 Sep. 2020 Tara Smith is a nose-to-the-grindstone high school student with strict parents. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "From Kent State to fiery aliens: 4 new must-read graphic novels," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of grindstone

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grindstone was in the 13th century

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2 Dec 2020

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“Grindstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grindstone. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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grindstone

noun
How to pronounce grindstone (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grindstone

: a stone disc that can be turned like a wheel and that is used for sharpening tools, smoothing rough edges, etc.

grindstone

noun
grind·​stone | \ ˈgrīnd-ˌstōn How to pronounce grindstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of grindstone

: a flat round stone that turns to sharpen or shape things

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